After offseason moves, Ravens still having secondary issues

  • Baltimore Ravens safety Chuck Clark (36) tackles Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Marcus Williams has already contributed three interceptions in two games since joining the Baltimore Ravens.

Problem is, that’s not really the story when it comes to this team’s secondary.

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As the Ravens prepare for this week’s trip to New England, they’re trying to figure out how to avoid a repeat of Sunday’s fourth-quarter collapse in their 42-38 loss to Miami. Baltimore allowed four touchdown passes in that final period and six in the game, and in the aftermath of those defensive breakdowns, the question is whether it’s an issue of talent, health, experience or preparation.

Or perhaps some combination of the above.

“Last week was last week. We’re just going to prepare and get ready for the game,” Williams said Wednesday. “We’re going to take our time this week and dial in to the things that we have to do to prepare for this game, so we don’t have what we had last week.”

The Ravens ranked last in the NFL against the pass a season ago, but they took steps to improve their defensive backfield in the offseason, acquiring Williams via free agency and drafting safety Kyle Hamilton in the first round. Cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters have both made multiple Pro Bowls, so on paper, Baltimore should certainly be better than it showed last weekend.

Humphrey, however, was nursing a groin issue last week, and Peters was in his first game back after missing the whole 2021 season with a knee injury. Neither was at practice Wednesday.

Defensive back Brandon Stephens (quad) didn’t play Sunday and was limited in practice Wednesday.

“This week, most of everybody should be back. I’m hoping, crossing my fingers I’ll be back this week,” Stephens said. “We’re just trying to get healthy.”

As for Hamilton, he’s played about half the defensive snaps through two games, and some growing pains were probably inevitable. Cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis, a fourth-round pick this year, played sparingly on defense in the opener but was out there for over half the snaps against Miami.

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